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Simon says … Edition 12, Unity

We have talked endlessly about the Coronavirus, but what it doesn’t do is pay any attention to us. Nowhere on the planet is the virus talking about us. In fact it really could not care less about us. This is a foe that is completely impartial. We can take good steps and indeed there have […]

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Simons Says … Edition 11, You will never age for me

I attended a webinar last week on the subject of ‘Responding to Racism in Schools’ which was run by a UCT-based organisation called The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  At one point one of the panellists said, “Children can illuminate our blind spots.” It got me thinking about how we can learn from […]

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Half-Term Wishes and the Favourite T-Shirt

I think we all have one – that favourite t-shirt, probably a bit faded, possibly a hole here or there, definitely not acceptable for wearing out, even in these Level 3 times, where we’re not always looking our best! But it is the softest, most comfy and most cherished of our t-shirts. We wear it […]

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Smothered Smiles in a Time of Masks

I am NOT a fan of the safety-mask wearing necessity of 2020 (unless anyone is willing to make me a Stitch from Lilo and Stitch one). I struggle with claustrophobia and anxiety (l’m that person who has windows open in winter and practises how l am going to ask at the pharmacy counter for Corenza). […]

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Simons Says … Edition 10, Open Letter to Matrics – June 2020

Dear HeronBridge Grade 12’s We have heard about the effects of this virus so many times these past few months and so I am absolutely not going to say anything more about this here. On Wednesday you come back to school and I know it is for school-based assessments and so on, but it really […]

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A Remote Day in the Teacher Life

When l fell in love with teaching (I fell into it by chance and, two years in, realised l had been an imbecile to think l would do anything else), this is NOT what l envisioned my (counts frantically) 18th year to look like every day. My heart and a massive chunk of my soul, […]

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Simon Says … Edition 9, With 12 Notes

I was listening to the most beautiful piece of orchestral music by the Italian baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli over the weekend. It was such a simple piece that grew into the most moving arrangement. When it finished I went back and listened again, allowing the paradox of its simplicity and complexity to be properly unwrapped. […]

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Simon Says … Edition 8, As Night Falls

I watched Louie Giglio’s dvd Indescribable with my family this week. You have probably seen it as it is very well-known. But his message stirred a number of thoughts in me and I felt that ‘still small voice’ prodding me.That still small voice of God is so very quiet and yet it is also conversely […]

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Simon Says … Edition 7, A Great Hope

Every year since 2010 I have spent a week in December marking Matric English papers for the IEB. In 2011 I recall walking down to the marking venue at St Stithian’s College and it was raining. I could also see in the early morning drizzle that the lights in the marking venue were off and […]

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Addicted to Silence

…and Broadchurch. I know I am privileged to be able to cope during Lockdown. I know I am lucky to have a job that can function online. I know that I am privileged to be able to stock up and live comfortably inside. I can make interesting meals and not have to talk to anybody […]

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Simon Says … Edition 6, Together Alone

By now we are well underway with our online teaching programme and we have all become experts at Meet, Zoom and Teams. In many ways we are together and in some ways we are alone. Rolls Royce employee Ben Todd said recently of online meetings, “I’m enjoying hearing the background sounds – and sometimes foreground […]

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Thank Goodness I’m a Teacher

It is Day 1 of Lockdown and a Friday AND my school blog is due. We’re probably all a little nauseatedly sick and tired of Coronavirus posts, articles, memes, advice, and most are probably full of plenty of Acute and Chronic Cabin Fever already, schools and many companies having shifted online already.  But l can’t […]

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